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Tsavorite gemstone is a very modern, and has two things in common with tanzanite: it was also first identified in East Africa in 1967 and was marketed by Tiffany jewelry company in New York. Unlike tanzanite, tsavorite is a spectacular green color and is a member of the garnet family of gemstones, while Tanzanite is the blue and belongs to the zoisite family.

Tsavorite Why? The name comes from the Tsavo National Park in Kenya near the border with Tanzania, and the Tsavo River, which flows through it. The gemstone was actually the first time in Tanzania, but exploitation was not possible at this time. In 1971 he found again, this time in Kenya, and mining could begin.

Tsavorite is prized by gemologists for its bright green color, and lack of inclusions. It has a hardness similar to Emerald, with about 7.5 on the Mohs scale, and greater brilliance. It is much less expensive than the emerald, but this was largely due to increased rarity of the emerald, and the tradition of its long history. In fact, tsavorite is a natural brilliant green gemstone that has no need of improvement, such as many other gemstones.

Tsavorite's robustness makes it particularly resistant to wear when set in jewelry, and along with demantoid is one of the most sought after family members garnet. Sapphires and rubies can be more difficult after tsavorite according to the Mohs scale, but tsavorite, Like all garnets, it is extremely resistant to cracking, and in terms of lack of inclusions is one of the most stable of gemstones. Like all garnets, which has a high refractive index, and its brightness surpasses most precious stones, with the obvious exception of the diamonds.

Unlike Tanzanite its geographical neighbor, which often produces crystals of more than five carat tsavorite crystals tend to be smaller, and therefore, any tsavorite more than two carats, is likely to command a higher price. But while the tanzanite is more appreciated for their color brightness, tsavorite has so much beautiful color and exceptional brightness, and therefore more desirable in the smaller sizes produced by rough tsavorite crystals.

Taking into consideration all the qualities tsavorite, as its beautiful green color, exceptional brightness, excellent qualities and uses relatively reasonable price, it is not surprising that it has become one of the stones most popular precious available today.

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John Tidball is a jeweller and gemmologist. He the proprietor and webmaster of PeerlessGems [http://www.peerlessgems.co.uk], a website dedicated to advice and guidance on the purchase of diamonds, engagement rings, diamond jewellery and precious gemstones.

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